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Finding Gratitude in Unexpected Places

How to turn career setbacks and disappointments into advantages.

You Could be a Better Manager. Here's How.

As a workplace advice columnist, management consultant and former chief of staff for a successful nonprofit, I’ve witnessed a lot of managers who struggled to transition from being part of a team to effectively managing one. In fact, one of the...

What You Should Know About a Company Before You Join

Let’s face it: There are a lot of people who don’t like their jobs. The 2013 Gallup State of the American Workplace Report found that 70 percent of Americans are either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” with their work. If you’ve found...

8 Lessons I Learned from Changing Careers

It took Nicole Lee 13 years to find her true calling. Here’s what she found out along the way.

How Do I Motivate a Burnt-Out Employee?

I think my marketing assistant might be burnt-out. She gets her work done but just barely — it’s like she’s doing the bare minimum required, rather than bringing any excitement or sense of possibility to the work. She also doesn’t seem fully...

Feeling Intimidated? Ask for Advice

When I was in my early twenties, I had a vague notion I could be a comedy writer. At the time I worked as a newspaper reporter in suburban Phoenix covering health care — things like hospital expansions and flu shot shortages. Granted, I once...

How to Set Boundaries at Work

How to set work-life boundaries at your new job.

How to Be Liked and Respected When You’re the Boss

If you just got a promotion, started a new job and are charged with managing a staff of strangers or even if you’re scouting for new clients, you’re likely facing a unique challenge. You need people to like you and respect your authority. But how...

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